|Rep. Dan Deasy
27th Legislative District
Dan Deasy was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2008. He attended Canevin Catholic High School and the University of Pittsburgh, worked as a supervisor at Pittsburgh's Public Works Department, and served for four years as a Pittsburgh city councilman. He currently serves as chairman of the board of the Pittsburgh Water & Sewage Authority.
His legislative priorities include expanding access to health care; supporting education and programs for youth; strengthening penalties for crimes against children; providing more funding for police officers; enacting more fiscally responsible state budgets; supporting economic development that leads to job creation; expanding services for senior citizens; and addressing blight and abandoned properties in communities.
Deasy's passion for addressing blight in communities resulted in a partnership with the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania. This partnership led Deasy to co-host a Blight Summit in Allegheny County in 2010. The summit provided a one-stop-shop for local officials, community groups, community activists and others to come and learn what role they can play in addressing blight in their communities and what tools are available to assist.
Deasy was appointed by Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl in 2010 to serve on the Land Recycling Task Force. The task force has two years to work before presenting a plan to the mayor to deal with the city's vacant properties. The task force is discussing issues related to tax collection, means of passing vacant properties to community groups, maintenance of empty lots and land marketing.
Deasy has a long history of community service, working to address housing concerns; securing funding for playgrounds and other community resources; and obtaining grant money for neighborhood revitalization. He serves on many local boards.
A lifelong native of the 27th Legislative District, Rep. Deasy is married to the former Kelly Skeba. They have four children and reside in Westwood.